Filed under: Comfort at Camp, Family Camping, Summer 2011
Our cottage on the road
There are many advantages to have an RV. The main one would be to have your home on the road with you when you travel. It helps you save money because you don’t have to stay in hotel (which can be expensive for a family of six) and you don’t have to go to restaurants all the time.
But today I want to highlight another advantage of owning an RV. Recently, we attended a wedding with our four kids. Our youngest, Jasmine, was the flower girl. The wedding was being held on the Quebec side about 1 hour 45 minutes from our home. We needed to be there on the Friday for the rehearsal and on Saturday for the wedding itself.
We had permission to bring the RV with us and park it next to the house where the wedding was happening. They had rented a farm and had access to it for a few days before the wedding. So on Thursday my husband drove to our campsite and went to get the RV. Let me specify to you that parking a 30 foot RV on our driveway is not an easy task as we have a sidewalk. We can’t leave it on the street either as we had the surprised to get a ticket once –make that twice if you count the time the tongue of the RV was on a sidewalk.
My husband had decided earlier this summer to remove our lamp post as we have a city lamp post between our house and one of our neighbors. So he proceeded to remove the lamp post in front of our house since it was barely used. Then he got the idea of trying to park our RV across our driveway and part of our grass. Can it be done? He tried it out and interestingly enough he was able to do it. We are not on the road and definitively not on the sidewalk… no problem. The only issue is that part of the end of the RV is shading the grass on our other neighbor. We told them that we were leaving the next day and they had no problem with it. Sweet!
And if you look at the picture on the left side you will see that my husband even pushed it to the point we could park our two vehicles on our driveway as well… (our garage is currently non accessible at this moment!)
We were able to pack the RV without worrying for complaints and drove the next day to the wedding site. We had a little adventure going there as we took a different turn at one point and decided to follow the GPS. Don’t do that. Take the time to turn around if you can and go back on track. We ended driving on a gravel road for quite some time. No way to turn around. Not enough space to allow another vehicle to pass next to us if needed. We were stressed for a while but ended coming out of it. OUF!
Having the RV with us, allowed us to let the kids nap if needed, sleep peacefully with having to go back home in the middle of the night and have some much needed space for the groom and his men to change on the wedding day. Being there those two days also allowed us to serve the family and help in any shape or form needed. In the end, it was a major blessing to be able to bring the RV with us for this event and my daughter was a beautiful flower girl.
In two years, there is a family reunion on my husband side. We are thinking of going and we will bring the RV. We just need to have a generator to be on site of the family reunion. If not, we might park at a campsite nearby.